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Chemistry A Level - Level 3

Overview

An A Level in chemistry will help you to build and develop your knowledge of chemical principles through a combination of practical and theory-based work.

Chemistry has a huge impact on our lives. From the development of new medicines and electronic gadgets to how we control levels of pollution or identify materials in outer space, the study of chemistry plays an important role in the modern world.

You will learn to:

  • Describe, explain and interpret phenomena and effects in terms of chemical principles and concepts
  • Carry out relevant calculations and interpret data
  • Assess the validity of chemical information, experiments, inferences and statements
  • Interpret, explain, evaluate and communicate the results of your experimental and investigative activities
  • Identify any hazards in the chemicals to be used or made, or in the procedures to be followed.

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language. Science with 66/BB or 665/BBC if doing triple science - with one 6/B in chemistry) and with grade 6/B in maths.

Following your application you will normally be offered a place to study A Levels subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Start dates and fees

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September 20191509Apply online

How long is the course?

A Level qualifications last two years.

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How will I be assessed?

A Level certification is awarded upon completion of three examinations at the end of the two year course. A certificate of practical competence if also awarded upon completion of twelve required practical tasks during the course.

Success rates

A Level pass rate 2018 - 100%

What does the course lead to?

Further study at university-level. Chemistry is a compulsory requirement for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary, and science degrees. 

What will I study?

An A Level in chemistry will help you to build and develop your knowledge of the three main areas of chemistry (physical, organic and inorganic) through a good mix of practical and theory based work. Core areas will include linking atomic structure to the chemical and physical properties of materials, investigating factors which affect the rate and energy changes of a chemical reaction, and synthesising complex organic molecules from simple precursors.

 

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

The Chemistry A Level can lead on to degree courses such as forensic science, veterinary science, medicine, chemical engineering or a degree related to the study of health. The skills and knowledge developed on this course can forge a career for you in fields such as pharmaceutical research, nursing, physiotherapy and veterinary medicine.

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

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Why choose West Notts?

100% A Level pass rate in 2018

Best FE college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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